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Memoirs of a Young Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall by Tim Burstall, edited by Hilary McPhee Miegunyah Press, 2012, 343 pages, $59.99 Larrikins: A History by Melissa Bellanta University of Queensland Press, 2012, 296 pages, $34.95 There are two reasons why Memoirs of a Young Bastard is so compelling. The first is that it is one of the few detailed diaries of life in bohemia, not only in Australia but in the world. There are countless memoirs, operas, novels, songs, paintings about bohemians—from Berlin, Bloomsbury or Budapest to the Left Bank, Greenwich Village or Shanghai. But daily-life diaries recording the routine…

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